UCEDD Promising Practice Briefs

June 25, 2008

A promising practice is identified by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities through the MTARS (Monitoring and Technical Assistance Review System) grantee monitoring process.  These Promising Practices Briefs are intended to highlight projects of excellence identified in MTARS reviews with a goal of offering a program model from which other UCEDDs can glean inspiration for new activities and promising practices to augment their own work.

  • Internal Quality Assurance System (South Dakota UCEDD)
    A systematic approach for synthesizing various program evaluations for a comprehensive management review of the UCEDD's achievement of the goals set forth in its five-year plan.
  • Supported Leadership Facilitation Project (Pennsylvania UCEDD)
    Supporting the full participation of people with intellectual disabilities as members of community boards.
  • Pueblo Connections (New Mexico UCEDD)
    A comprehensive array of culturally appropriate services and supports for families who have a son or daughter with a disability in one of four pueblos.
  • Children's Freedom Initiative (Georgia IHDD UCEDD)
    Collaboration among DD Network partners and self-advocacy groups in locating the children under age 22 who were institutionalized in hospitals, nursing homes, and other private facilities in the State; proposing legislation to the State Assembly requesting State agencies work together to transition every institutionalized child to a family home; overseeing transition planning; sharing the personal stories of institutionalized children and their families; securing State Medicaid match waiver funding for all institutionalized children; and undertaking longitudinal research studies to document the lives of institutionalized children before and after their move into family life.
  • Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) Support
    NDCPD engages in several activities to support its CAC members, including conducting a well-defined orientation; providing a CAC member handbook; training CAC members on the purpose, logistics, and function of boards, committees, and advisory councils; and training CAC members on identifying and obtaining the necessary support to participate in a board, committee, or advisory council. Two additional activities engaged in by NDCPD to support their CAC members include job shadowing, and opportunities to provide feedback on NDCPD funding opportunities.